Handelskraft is the corporate blog of the e-commerce agency dotSource. More happens in our offices in Jena (the city of light) than just shop development. Whether we get to greet the 100th staff member or introduce a new team: in-house events at dotSource are tagged with “Internal” and we are happy to let our readers be a part of it. In-house white papers or the popular e-commerce trend book from Handelskraft are also introduced via the category “internal”.

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    From wearables to hearable – Digital is getting audible with augmented listening experiences

    Posted on 2. October 2018 by .

    Looking at a screen and typing seems almost stale. Virtual reality lets us forget about the real world. Augmented reality merges the physical with the digital world. Smartphones and virtual assistants understand what we say. Looking at this development, it was only a matter of time before hearing also receives its own frontend.


    AUNT EMMA STRIKES BACK! Online pure-players are revolutionising the in-store experience

    Posted on 25. September 2018 by .

    Tante Emma strikes back

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    Depending on which group you belong to, stationery retail is dying or is long dead. As often as these statements are repeated, they don’t become true. Although it’s difficult to find even one example of a purely offline player from small boutiques, even purely online players are becoming rarer.

    Physical locations, whether a pop-up store, showroom, or full-fledged flagship, is starting to gain importance again. Especially as marketing and service channels. It is noteworthy, however, that these shops hardly remember the miserable retailing industry of the last millennium. It’s just the opposite. New stores can merge online and offline experiences and teach tradition chain stores a thing or two about what a successful omnichannel scenario can look like.


    Take Part. Connect. Level Up. Handelskraft Conference 2019

    Posted on 18. September 2018 by .
    Handelskraft Conference 2018 Cover Photo Teaser Blog Post

    Source: dotSource

    Brick by brick – What’s always important for the construction of a home is also true for the development and expansion of digital projects: Go step by step – because it’s no longer just about recognising that the future is digital. The foundation has been laid. In fact, it is the decisive steps after laying the foundation for further development and expansion. It is exactly at this point in the digital experience that we want to meet with the attendees at the Handelskraft Conference 2019 in Frankfurt am Main.


    Dr. Digital – Apps and artificial intelligence for better health

    Posted on 16. August 2018 by .
    Ärztin mit Schild

    Source: shutterstock – Edited By: dotSource

    Diagnosing diseases via Google has proven to be unreliable. If you search long enough with your own symptoms, you’ll get, with almost 100% certainly, the same diagnosis: Cancer!

    The situation is different with a data-driven health diagnosis. Wearables such as fitness bands, heart rate monitors, and activity trackers can provide data that was otherwise measured only by a long-term ECG. Also, digital blood sugar meters for diabetes patients are for many, normal.


    Brands as employers

    Posted on 9. August 2018 by .

    Marken im Bewerbungsgespräch

    Source: shutterstock – Edit: dotSource

    A shortage of skilled workers is a growing phenomenon that companies from all industries are confronted with. Fewer drivers are found for logistics, nursing staff are on strike, and digital experts are missing.

    Fewer workers are available due to demographics changing, and many are looking for a career as YouTubers or influencers. For the latter, there is good news, because 100 petrol employees can soon be further educated with corporate costs to become successful digital opinion makers.


    Artificial Intelligence: A central piece in the content commerce puzzle

    Posted on 26. July 2018 by .
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    Source: fotolia – Edit: dotSource

    How can companies realise their content commerce dreams by using existing video content?

    In early 2017, Google announced its »Google Cloud Video Intelligence API«, which uses artificial intelligence to do the tedious ploughing through video archives to find specific content. Whether it’s cool cats, snowboarders, or skyscrapers. Google isn’t alone: IBM Watson launched a similar app last year.

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) can provide the central, missing element to complete the entire content commerce experience.


    New blogger on board

    Posted on 15. May 2018 by .


    Hi there,

    I’m Franziska Kunz and I’ve been a part of the Handelskraft team as a new blogger since April 2018. Together with Oli, Sara, and Nico, I explore digital trends to keep our content creation pipeline on track.


    B2B marketplace for trade fair services – Online Order System on SAP Hybris is live

    Posted on 3. May 2018 by .

    Bild: Messe Düsseldorf

    Photo: Messe Düsseldorf

    From February 27 to March 1, 2018, “EuroCIS – The Leading Trade Fair for Retail Technology” took place in Düsseldorf. The fair, which presents different technology solutions every year, should make retail more convenient – With new various payment solutions, self-checkout systems for employee-less stores, and smart price tags – This was not just thematically interesting for us, but above all, an opportunity to look behind the scenes at the value of such solutions. At the same time, the event was also the premier of the new Online Order System (OOS), the in-house solution for the distribution of trade fair services.


    Updated White Paper: »Comparing PIM and MDM Systems«

    Posted on 26. April 2018 by .

    Cover of White paper Selecting Product Data Management Software

    Source: dotSource

    Anyone who wants to sell a product must present it well. That isn’t just the case for stationary retail, but online as well. High-quality product data should therefore be the highest priority in all companies, regardless of industry and size. Today’s customers expect everyone who sells products to have accurate, complete, high-quality, and consistent product data across all channels.
    Due to the increasing variety of distribution channels that need to be recorded with specific content (such as an online shop, an app, and various print catalogues), this expectation couldn’t always be met by many companies.


    dotSource presents a multimedia trip through 10 years of digital success

    Posted on 5. February 2016 by .

    dotSource turned 10 years old exactly one month ago and, as a culmination of this important date for us, we have booked for you this journey, that has as a next stop our fabulous birthday party, with a big cake included, of course, prominent guests and a distinctly fresh and innovative spirit along the different spaces of our headquarters in Jena.

    Meep Meep!

    Are you ready for the trip? We present you a dynamic and energised office tour through our ten year history which will make you understand the pillars on which our digital success has been built and especially where we are heading! So, fasten your seat bells, open your eyes and off you go!

    Knock Knock! Don’t think this journey has finished. The year has just started so please don’t switch off… next stop… #HK16

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